Lime Lingo: Carbon Fiber 3-D Printing Material


Carbon Fiber 3D Printing
What Is Carbon Fiber?

Carbon fiber is quickly becoming one of 3-D printing’s most valuable materials. It’s stronger than titanium, as light as plastic, and has an attractive, smooth finish.  We’re big fans of it here at Lime Design, especially now that we have the industry’s coolest, new composite 3-D printers.

As a 3-D printing material, carbon fiber is made of strands of carbon atoms approximately 5-10 microns thick.

How Does Carbon Fiber Work?

It’s usually produced by heating polyacrylonitrile (PAN) until the other atoms, like hydrogen and nitrogen, are burnt off, leaving only carbon.

These carbon atoms are woven into a filament that contains nylon, thermoplastics or other materials. The filament is used to print parts, prototypes and finished products we never could have made in-house a few years ago:

  • Race cars and consumer auto prototypes
  • Body parts for luxury sedans and coupes
  • Boat and marine industry manufacture
  • Aerospace and rocket science components
  • Medical devices and components
  • Sports equipment, like surfboards or tennis rackets
  • Top-quality, innovative bicycle frames

How Does Carbon Fiber Change The Game?

The main improvement we see at Lime with carbon fiber 3-D printing is its strength-to-weight ratio.

This is what lets us use it to produce highly technical components for enterprise-level clients in scientific or medical verticals. It’s also how we can work with established companies and independent inventors to bring brilliant ideas to life.

Now, with our new carbon fiber 3-D printing capabilities we’re able to design and create lighter and stronger parts and assemblies far stronger than previously available in the industry.

Not sure where to start?  Contact us to learn about how you can start developing your product!

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